In Memoriam: Stuart Johnson

We are saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Stuart Johnson on February 13, 2013.

Family was always extremely important to Stuart. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. An opportunity was never missed by him to expand his family and take someone else into it. 
He was a mentor, a leader, and an innovator in the industry. Stuart joined the business started by his grandfather and began working with his father, Gordon Johnson, in 1963.  Chuck Belcher was later added as a partner. In recent years, he turned the business over to his partners Jennifer O’Kelley (daughter) and Steve Carroll (long-time partner) along with his other children Jo Ellen Kuehnel and Mitch Johnson that currently compose this 4th generation business.
His business life was dedicated to bringing families together through the celebration of fire. He represented the Robert H. Peterson Company, with honor, for a half century and was well-respected in the Hearth Industry having proudly served on its board.
Stuart mentioned on multiple occasions that he was humbled by the lucky life he had lived to that point; all that knew him know better than to consider it luck. Stuart passed away from a cardiac event, at the pinnacle of his career and having just completed the most beautiful round of golf in the Los Angeles hills, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Above all, he was with family and friends—to the end.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Barbara Turner Johnson. He is now survived by his current loving wife, Gloria Bach Johnson, his three children, Jo Ellen Johnson-Kuehnel, Jennifer O’Kelley and her husband Gene, Mitch Johnson and his wife Mitsy, all of metro Atlanta, step-son Brad Hornibrook and wife Leslie of Birmingham, AL, a sister Bonnie Billington of Decatur, GA, a brother Ross Johnson of Montevallo, AL, seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends that will all carry his light.

Thursday, February 21st   Visitation from 2:00-5:00 pm The Clairemont (Decatur Condos), 417 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
Friday, February 22nd   Memorial Service 11:00 am
Valley Brook Baptist Church, 1198 North Valley Brook Road, Decatur, GA 30033

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to the American Cancer Society. This can be done through their website: or by mail to: American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. If you make a donation in Stuart Johnson’s memory, you can request that a note be sent to the family, c/o JCO Marketing, P.O. Box 80625, Conyers, GA 30013. All notes will be shared with the family.